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raised of £500,000 target by 532 supporters

Weʼre raising £500,000 to buy PPE for NHS, Care and Social staff in Cambridge and the East of England

Cambridge, UK
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Cambridge China COVID-19 Collaboration (4C) PPE Appeal

Thanks to the many generous donations we have received through the Just Giving Page and other routes, we have now raised £85,000.

This is enough to pay for:

17,000 high grade FFP3 masks or

80,000 fluid resistant surgical masks or

7,000 surgical gowns or protective HAZMAT suits

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Supporters of NHS staff,

We are seeking donations to the Cambridge China COVID-19 Collaboration (4C) PPE Appeal.

This appeal is led by two doctors and University of Cambridge Professors, Toni Vidal Puig and Sadaf Farooqi, who normally study obesity and metabolic diseases at the Institute of Metabolic Science. They are collborating with Angela Single who has worked with, and in, the NHS her whole career - from nurse through to non-executive director. The final member is Professor Daping Chu, the Professor of Engineering and Academic Director at the Cambridge University - Nanjing Centre for Technology and Innovation.

They as the founders of 4C PPE Appeal all want to ensure that high-grade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available for health and social care professionals caring for patients with COVID-19 in Cambridge and the East of England.

This is an urgent problem. In the UK, the number of cases will remain high over the next 3-4 months.

In the UK, the NHS is committed to providing adequate PPE for its staff. However, doctors and nurses on the frontline have repeatedly raised concerns about the availability of PPE right across the country. Several factors have been discussed in the public domain, including difficulties with distribution and unprecedented demand outstripping supply.

Our aim is to contribute to solutions to this problem. We want to make sure that there is plenty of PPE for health and social care professionals in the UK.

We are raising funds to transport PPE from China to the UK, where we will distribute it to hospitals in Cambridge and the East of England. The 4C PPE Appeal is an official part of the University of Cambridge COVID-19 appeal.

We are also working to develop and design innovative types of PPE such as new respirator masks in the UK with materials scientists, engineers and technology companies.

These are challenging times globally. There is tremendous competition for high-grade masks in particular, with demand far outstripping supply. Liquidity is needed to pay suppliers upfront to secure the supplies we need.

We are urgently seeking your support - our first target is £500,000.

What will we do with your money?

£150 buys enough FFP3 respirator masks to care for 1 patient in Intensive Care for 1 day.

£1,000 buys 100 pairs of scrubs for staff to wear when working with patients with COVID-19.

We will also purchase surgical gowns, eye protection and visors.

On behalf of our colleagues, we thank you for your support and generosity.

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  • Toni Vidal-Puig9 months ago
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    9 months ago

    Our 4CPPE Appeal continues to push to get more PPE to the East of England from China. At the Beginning of June, we received 20,000 surgical masks. Sadaf and Toni were on hand with Greg to receive the boxes. The team in China included a lovely message with the delivery "Friends no matter near or far, neighbours thousands of miles apart." It wasn't long before the boxes were collected for use by Papworth Hospital. Thank you everyone so far for helping us in this effort! - from the 4C team.

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  • Toni Vidal-Puig10 months ago
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    10 months ago

    4C PPE Appeal campaign showcased on Trinity College, Cambridge website as Trinity College alumni pursue PPE supplies in UK-China collaboration to protect the NHS and social care staff. We would like to say a massive thank you for the support shown so far! Please can you continue to show your support. - the 4C team

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  • Toni Vidal-Puig11 months ago
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    11 months ago

    Meet a #4CPPE Champion! COVID19 poses a great challenge, but we can all play our part. Dr Dejing Pan is Deputy Director and Associate Professor at CAM-SU Genomic Resource Centre of Soochow University in Suzhou, China. Building on his links with industry and suppliers in China, he has made donations of high-quality PPE for the outbreak of the COVID19 in Iran and Afghanistan. We really appreciate the amounts given so far, but we would love to keep the momentum going! Thanks from the 4C team

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    Jun 5, 2020

    Please use to purchase PPE for the wonderful NHS staff!

  • Jacqueline Morris

    Jacqueline Morris

    May 25, 2020

    Thank you for the vital work you are doing under such difficult circumstances.

  • Barbara Rainbow

    Barbara Rainbow

    May 22, 2020

    Very happy to donate


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